Person of interest in Midvale murders still missing

Posted at 4:35 PM, Feb 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-22 20:39:07-05

MIDVALE, Utah - The search continues for a man wanted in connection with last week's triple murder in Midvale.

David Fresques has already been arrested as the prime suspect in the Feb. 12 shooting death of Danielle Lucero, Shontay Young and Omar Jarman. The three were killed in a Midvale home that police call a known drug house.

Police are still looking for Davis Romney Fotu, the second person of interest in the case. Fotu has been described as a violent, dangerous gang member.

FOX 13 first reported on Fotu more than 12 years ago when police named him as the primary suspect in a brutal assault on one of his family members. The victim barely survived the beating.

Gang detectives say the assault happened at Fotu's home back in Nov. 2000. They told FOX 13 news then that a large group of men were drinking and partying when the victim said something that made Fotu upset. Police say Fotu led a group of ten others who beat and stomped on the victim until he was unconscious.

"And then when they thought he was gone, they were dragging him down the stairs to see what they were going to do with the body basically. He started moaning, coming to life again. And then Davis Fotu jumped on top of him again and started pounding on him," said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal in January 2001.

Fotu had been released from the Salt Lake County Jail the night before the triple homicide in Midvale. He'd bailed out on charges of beating a Salt Lake City motel owner.

Police aren't sure what role Fotu played in the Midvale murders, but they're very interested in talking with him.

Anyone with information about Fotu or his location is asked to call Unified Police at 801-743-7000.

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